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June 20, 2012
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Eagle News is the student media source for news and information at FGCU. You should be able to find it on display in racks around campus, where it’s free for the taking, one copy per student. (You’ve already paid for it through fees.)  Eagle News content is also available online. Editor in chief Megan Hoolihan, a senior communication major with extensive experience that includes an internship at the Fort Myers News-Press, will be our guest speaker in the second half of class Tuesday, June 26. In advance of her discussion with you about Eagle News, be sure to check out the newspaper and its website and even its archives. Think about the news and information you find there. How useful is it to you, as an FGCU student? What about its quality? (Remember, Eagle News is a living, learning laboratory for students, not professionals!) What about the kinds of stories, photos, and video you find in Eagle News? For your Blog Comment assignment, which you must post in reply here by 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, list five story ideas, with brief descriptions, that you suggest Eagle News consider pursuing in the near future. Your comment should be brief: simply five numbered items. You may post your comment any time between now and the deadline, though you might want to wait until you’ve heard Megan speak to us in class.

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  1. Michael Mora permalink
    June 20, 2012 2:43 pm

    For my five ideas for EagleNews:

    1) What makes the perfect house pet? Is there a psychological effect on the mind, from this pet?
    2) Why do bullies get bad reps? Doesn’t American culture promote male/ female dominance?
    3) Espn has awesome commercials. They’re like youtube videos. Will future commercials attempt to emulate Espn’s? Will t.v. commercials be like watching NFL’s Superbowl half-time, 24/7?
    4) Memes have spread like wildfire, on social networks. However, they are very similar to political cartoons, just less intellectual. Is there a psychological reason why memes are so popular?
    5) Why do trainers feel the need to act like Stalin? Do people perform better under such pressure?

  2. Dan Surgan permalink
    June 20, 2012 3:05 pm

    Dan Surgan- I have been luck enough to meet Megan before, when I inquired about possibly joining Eagle News staff. The paper is still maturing and while there was certainly some quality reporting there were some major format issues, that appeared consistently. Even though this assignment requires us only to provide story ideas. I hope it is okay I included two of the format concerns I have noticed in The Eagle, as it would increase the paper’s readability and appearance, there by adding to the quality of the paper and its contents.

    1. When an article must jump to another page, never have the jump page be in an insert.

    2. AP rules can be flexible in headlines, but a stricter policy in some cases would attribute to The Eagle’s presentation as a more technically refined article.

    3. A story detailing FGCU’s financial history, present and projected future

    4. Collier County’s ethnography and how incoming students adapt to it

    5. An article about students who are unhappy with their chioce to go to FGCU. (I’m not one of them, I would like to read about that)

  3. Adam permalink
    June 26, 2012 9:59 pm

    Here are a few ideas that I came up with
    1. Show more of the Clubs in the News and what they are doing
    2. More information about whats going on on campus
    3. I would like to see a story what FGCU 10 year plan is
    4. Were to look for jobs
    5. Stuff to do at FGCU on a Friday night!

  4. Eusebio Moreno permalink
    June 26, 2012 10:02 pm

    1. Explore the connection between a student’s success in state administered standardized tests (e.g. FCAT) and success in college. Examine if successful FGCU students and graduates, also succeeded in state administered standardized tests (e.g. FCAT) while in high school.

    2. Identify and report the long-term consequences that Rick Scott’s state education budget cuts had on FGCU. (e.g. the need to raise tuition, etc.)

    3. Report on the possibility that FGCU and Ave Maria University could lease the now vacant City of Palms Park thru a joint business venture; in order to hold athletic and school related activities at the park.

    4. Besides wasting $75K on rap artist “Pitbull”; in what other ways did FGCU’s Student Government spend A&S fees during the 2011-12 school year? What plans does SG have for next year?

    5. Amidst Edison state college’s accreditation and administrative scandals; is FGCU making any accommodation for any Edison students who wish to transfer to FGCU?

  5. June 26, 2012 10:09 pm

    1. Anything Criminal Justice related.

    2. Around the city news- Nightlife, things to do for FGCU students (say students from different states attend FGCU, things to do around the city or at night- entertainment purposes, clubs, downtown entertainment, etc).
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    3. Employment opportunities (its really hard to find jobs around here-especially a new FGCU student, if FGCU had some connection with the city in finding out where there are job openings/classifieds more students would be interested in reading the paper more) This would really help out student.

    4. Student interviews about the tuition increase.

    5. Political running/polls.

    Some extra I couldn’t decide on:
    6. Environmental findings/sightings around FGCU- pictures of wildlife and sustainable people doing something pertaining to the environment

    And don’t forget the crucial topic we briefly discussed today with Megan: THE CATS OF FGCU!!!

  6. ryan christie permalink
    June 26, 2012 11:29 pm

    1. FGCU’s plans for expansion
    2. Where exactly does our tuition go?
    3. Students opinions on tuition change
    4. FGCU Golf program
    5. Curriculum change needed for colloquium? Students upset

  7. Erik Hurd permalink
    June 27, 2012 10:17 am

    1) Synthetic Drugs on campus K2, Spice, and Bath Salts.

    2) What is the average cost per FGCU Police Department call for service? (Total cost of all agency expenses divided by the number calls in a year. Do not go by case numbers get actual incidents, not area checks.)

    3) Why are the most recent annual crime reports at FGCU from 2009?

    4) Travel ideas to plan ahead during academic year 2012-2013. (Include Halloween Horror Nights, Hallow Scream, Christmas at Disney, Epcot Wine & Food Fest etc.)

    5) Pinching pennies: Best area deals for deep student discounts.
    (Not just food as before) Make a long list of area business. Include the Key West Express, hotels, movie theaters, shopping, and restaurants.

    6) Cats on campus, friends for all or scourge of the century?

    • June 28, 2012 10:06 pm

      These are really good ideas Erik, I probably wouldn’t have thought about the synthetic drugs or travel ideas. But I am glad someone else is concerned about the Cats- haha!

  8. Katie Meador permalink
    June 27, 2012 11:26 am

    1. Doing a story on how diverse the kids are here, and the money they pay, like I had mentioned to Megan in class.- About how kids are from all over the world, what brings them to FGCU.
    2. All the different wildlife and why it is allowed on campus and not taken out- how they allow gators, and snakes and all the other wildlife but they wont allow the campus cat to stay.
    3.Have the weather. -Tthe weather for the next week, or alteast expected weather
    4.A map of the campus, just so kids can get around, cause even the front desk don’t have a map of the whole campus, even though it once was in the newspaper, I believe that this is important for students to have the first week or two of class.
    5.All the activties that there is on campus, or the clubs.- The dirty birds, and the rec club, all the different things the campus has and how to reach someone so that you can be invloved as well.

  9. June 27, 2012 11:31 am

    Eagle News is missing something, but it’s hard for me to pinpoint it; it is, how do the French say, “I do not know what”.
    I try to pick up the paper whenever on campus, and always give a spirited try to read articles from varying sections, but my attention is never fully grabbed, and seldom do provocative thoughts every begin to stir in my head as a result. This may be due to my own personal perspective, but finally this an opinion comment.
    The big articles about FGCU happenings, the political and financial coverage, are always pretty concise and informative. We usually have good front page stuff. Given this perhaps improvement lies with the inside content: I think even more focus should be brought to the students and all the different, interesting, and bizarre stuff we find ourselves doing. I know a lot of attention is already shown to students in the paper, but I think once the relevant issues and goings are covered, the rest should all just be about discovering more about students here and the things we do here in Fort Myers. It’s almost like there’s this veil of boring-ness over Eagle News covering up things that go on with students and this university that would be much more gripping to read about. I just wish I could give a less vague answer as to what these more interesting articles would be.

  10. Ashley Gomes permalink
    June 27, 2012 1:20 pm

    I would like to see the Eagle Newspaper add the following:

    1. A listing of jobs that are available at FGCU. So incoming freshman would have the privilege of meeting new people and getting involved in campus and building a resume.

    2. An event list of upcoming opportunities that students can engage in.

    3. I think the newspaper should add a section on what classes to take at FGCU, maybe have a list of classes for each major and take a poll from different students on which classes they loved and which classes to study for etc. Almost like a rate my professor, but rate my class.

    4. They should add a housing section, so students can find apartments by looking in the newspaper. Students could also make an ad in the newspaper about renting out their apartment.

    5. Eagle Newspaper should add an article based on seniors that are leaving FGCU and advise incoming freshman for their first year and what to expect and every year they should do a new senior outlook page that will help incoming students for the following year. It will be an article on what freshman should look out for, what to do, how to live without spending a ton of money and anything that could help a student their first year.

  11. Vicki Debow permalink
    June 27, 2012 1:25 pm

    Being a new transfer student to FGCU, I found Megan’s discussion about Eagle News quite helpful. The news paper that was handed out in class was the first Eagle News that I actually read. After searching the Eagle News website I was able to determine some topics that I would like to see stories in future issues.

    1. Domestic abuse would be a story topic that I would like to see. We are seeing more and more cases of domestic abuse at younger ages. Many women are afraid to tell anyone and feel that there is no way out. Perhaps write a story if you can find an anonymous victim and then give support advice and organizations to help readers who may also be victims.

    2. Panthers would be another idea. Florida panthers are an endangered species. Last year there was many deaths and injuries to these poor animals due to humans. With the airport so close to FGCU, perhaps you can talk about how it took the panther’s habitat.

    3. Financial aid tips would be another interesting story. With the tuition being raised, I would like to see more advice on financial aid. Maybe you can interview a financial aid representative and give the students the truth about how aid is determined.

    4. Transfer transitioning would be another story that would interest me. The student body is growing and many more students are transferring to FGCU. Eagle view orientation is quite helpful. If Eagle News did a story talking about easy ways to adapt as a transfer student, I think it would make them feel more welcome.

    5. Car problems would be another topic worth writing. Since many students are now putting themselves through school and are on their own, I am sure some drive damaged vehicles. I would like to see a story talking about what happens if your car breaks down at FGCU and what help the school may provide in its removal if not driveable. Florida does not force residents to have their cars inspected, therefore car issues are not the highest concern.

  12. Hector Perez permalink
    June 27, 2012 1:42 pm

    1. Men’s Volleyball- Why we do not have a Men’s volleyball team
    2.Healthy Food Options- A article about what things are the healthiest to eat on campus
    3.Nightlife On The Weekends- An article about how many students leave the Fort each weekend only to go to clubs in cities like Tampa And Miami since we have no nightlife.
    4.Projected Buildings for FGCU- A look at how many buildings we are supposed to keep building in the near and distant future
    5. Quick Exercises to keep in shape- A list of quick exercises people can do to stay in shape. Directed at students who don’t have time to make it to the gym because of their homework load.

  13. Laura Siebenmorgen permalink
    June 27, 2012 2:33 pm

    1. Eagle News Advice Column – Eagle News should provide an Advice Column for students. The advice, depending on the subject could be from student to student, teacher to student or advisor to student. This will enable a student to remain anonymous and be able to ask personal advice while being publicized at the same time for other students to read.
    2. Eagle News should allow future journalism grad students to send in articles or stories and publish 1 per issue.
    3. Eagle News should devote a small column to following Alex Pena. Like “Around the World with Matt Lauer” but with Alex Pena and his amazing travels and stories.This article from Alex could substitute as World News.
    4. Eagle News should report on off- campus events that involve students and service learning or civic engagement projects as an example for new students and to get current students motivated.
    5. Eagle News should correspond with other school papers on a national level, not just statewide. It would be interesting to see how other school papers function as opposed to our Eagle News. Schools such as Harvard whom have beat us in publishing competitions. It would be a great way to improve our paper’s success.

  14. Chris Ruskai permalink
    June 27, 2012 2:46 pm

    1. Should University Colloquium be a required course at FGCU?
    2. Why are FGCU’s smoking policies seemingly not enforced?
    3. Where do Eagle ID reactivation fees go?
    4. Why can Dining Dollars no longer be purchased without the purchase of a Meal Plan?
    5. Why are library study room time limits seemingly unenforced?

  15. Hayley Pottruck permalink
    June 27, 2012 2:47 pm

    1. The different greek programs and how much they help their philanthropies? It should definitely be promoted more for incoming freshmen so they are aware how big greek life is on FGCU’s campus
    2. Is there any new dining places to be added to campus? Many students would want to know what there is to look forward to for new places to eat!
    3. I know they have done articles about the football team, but maybe an updated version of where we stand with it. When it is supposedly going to start on campus?
    4. Are they going to add new housing in North Village? With the growth of the school this is a huge question to many students.
    5. I’d like to know about the number of incoming freshmen, and how our stats have increased every year. It would be nice to know how much our school is growing?

  16. Nurjahan Khatun permalink
    June 27, 2012 2:49 pm

    Some of the things that Florida Gulf Coast University’s journalist can do to make their paper more interesting are by writing personal stories of the international student’s and local student’s life. I think this would give different respective. It would also make the campus more aware of the cultural diversity at FGCU.
    Keeping up with the local news and informing traffics jams would also be helpful to those students who do not live on campus.

  17. Sabrina Prefer permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:12 pm

    1. New Lights on FGCU parkway west: the school recently added new lights to the road; we went from complete darkness to lights every few feet. Was putting in so many lights necessary especially with all of the upcoming budget cuts? How much did this project cost? How will this affect our school in upcoming years?
    2. The waterfront: student’s opinions on the waterfront, suggestions as to new activities that could be added, and whether or not we should extend the swimming section
    3. In the arts and lifestyle section, a section dealing with reviews of popular books that the students have recently enjoyed reading instead of just reviews of recent movies that are in theatres. A top 10 list of most popular books recommended be FGCU students could be compiled
    4. Summer article: activities, concerts and things to do around town for those students who are taking summer classes and are looking for fun things to do on the weekends and in their spare time
    5. New dorms in South Village: once they are open for living, students could be interviewed on their thoughts on the new dorms, and the differences between Biscayne/Everglades/Palmetto and Osprey can be compared

  18. Lindsay D permalink
    June 27, 2012 3:13 pm

    1. What the tuition increase means for us (students)– would 12% or 15% be better for our education?
    2. “Going Green” in the dorms. Why isn’t recycling more accessible?
    3. The school’s Hurricane Evacuation Plan– make known to the public how we’re supposed to know what to do.
    4. Where do our programs/academics stand in comparison to other Florida public universities?
    5. Secret Places– the unknown corners of our school (example, the bike storage under the parking garage)

  19. Natalia Molinary permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:01 pm

    5 Eagle NewsTopics:
    1) You should run stories that feature out FGCU staff. From the lunch ladies/men to Presient Bradshaw. But not just the typical background information but things that are more on a personal level. I’d like to get to know the staff memebers as people instead of just people who work here.
    2) Stories on our International Students would be cool. Once they go home they’ll take a little part of FGCU with them. Maybe we could learn some cool things about them.
    3) Success stories on internships. We can inform those who still need to find places to intern and motivate them with success stories.
    4) Lets discover FGCU’s talented! Have people submit in their talents then right featured stories on them. Lets get to know our fellow students!
    5) Interview people who have been in the area FOR AGES! SW Florida’s Founding “Fathers”. The elderly have great stories to devulge. They make up the majority of the population and mostly run out local government. We should know a little about them.

  20. Nate Hicks permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:17 pm

    1. A story on why the difference is so great between tuition for out of state and in state students. I know this is an issue that seemingly every public school deals with but it is a question I that I feel many students would like to know the answer to, especially on a campus as diverse as FGCU’s.
    2. A story on why schools all over the country are raising tuition at such an alarming rate and where the money will be going that FGCU brings in from the tuition raise.
    3. A story that describes the consequences of FGCU raising the tuition rates only 14 percent rather than the 15 percent raise that other Florida schools are instituting.
    4. A story on why university bookstores charge such outrageous prices for textbooks and why they won’t lower prices despite so many students buying books cheaper somewhere else.
    5. A story on what students have been doing for fun on the summer weekends. I have met several students that are new to FGCU this summer session who spend the weekends wondering what to do for fun in the area.

  21. Brendan Koning permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:22 pm

    1. Student Government oversight of the Center for Academic Achievement: The SG of FGCU funds the CAA, but I question the actual accountability that the department has. I think Eagle News should check into this.

    2. About 3.7 Million dollars is apportioned to Student Government and we have close to a 4 million budget shortfall for our government funding. Why have we not looked into moving these funds to fund our campus?

    3. I believe that we can all agree that the campus garden is a great idea, but why did we spend over $100,000 on something so fragile that a tropical storm could damage it severely?

    4. When will we hear more of a definitive answer on the near future of this university? As in, new buildings/programs etc. This is, of course, stemming from the budget shortfalls that we have each year.

    5. Why does the General Education program include a class such as the Understanding Visual and Preforming Arts with no in class option. I should think that there are some students that may struggle with online classes.

  22. Amanda Moore permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:25 pm

    For Eagle News to be more interesting i think that they should add:
    1. An article about Tropical Storm Debby and the effects it has had on students walking to class and their experiences.
    2. Job Interview Tips – College students are at the point in their lives where they are trying to find a job. In our economy, it is very difficult to do so. Therefore, simply adding some tips in Eagle News would be helpful.
    3. History of the school and who were some of the very first students who went here… an interview with those now adults would be neat.
    4. Roommate advice – how to get along with someone you have never met and how to be happy living with them?
    5. Many non profit organizations around here need help, a few tips on how to help them in Eagle News would be beneficial.

  23. Pamela Perez permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:27 pm

    After reading and reviewing the Eagle News newspaper I found that it would be helpful to add more photos with its articles. For example under the Sports sections there are many articles but none of them include a photo or picture related to the headline. A lot of people click on the links because they see a picture that catches their attention. So that would be one of my suggestions.
    Below is a list of ideas that I suggest Eagle News consider pursuing in the near future.
    1. Add a scholarship section to Eagle News with all the scholarships and financial help FGCU offers not only to local students but also to International Students or private scholarships these international students can apply to: These can get more students to read Eagle News.
    2. Add a section at the Home page of Eagle News with tips on how new students can get involved with the school. This section can include the most popular school clubs and a link to where more information can be found: This could help freshman students to know about all the programs that the school has to offer.
    3. Add a Voluntary work section with voluntary work students can perform at FGCU: This would benefit the university and it will also benefit the student who has to mandatorily perform a required amount of voluntary hours before graduation and the student would not need to drive outside the school to do so.
    4. Add a Blog section with tips and strategies on how to better study and use time wisely in order to get good grades: A blog section like this would enormously benefit the students and would be easy for them to access it from any computer or even their phones.
    5. Add a Cooking section with 15 minute meal recipes for students: This would be helpful for students who study and work at the same time and don’t have time to cook.

    Pamela Perez.

  24. Ashley M. Price permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:29 pm

    While the Eagle Newspaper provides extremely useful and well-rounded information to its students, there may be some additional stories or things that occur within our community that this news medium could dig into and inform its students and faculty about.

    Smoking on campus is prohibited on the University campus; however, it is not rare occurrence to find a student smoking as they walk down an outdoor corridor to class or to their vehicle. Who’s responsible for enforcing that no students, public, or faculty spoke on the University campus?

    I do believe that students are not as involved in current political events as they should be. Would there be any way to get anonymous statements from students about current events that they either agree with or disagree with and why? This may be a great way to educate students about current events in a way that really pertains to them. While a certain headline may not have grabbed their attention, hearing the reaction from a fellow student may draw a certain perspective they had not seen or thought of before.

    Code Blue poles are devices set up to assist in times or moments of emergency. They provide a way of calling for assistance. One question that arises from these security devices, why is there no Code Blue Poles within the parking garages? As a female, who does have class until 9:55 p.m. two nights a week, I feel that parking garages can be a bit intimidating after sunset.

    With the election coming up, and the current state of our nation’s economy, has the Eagle News ever thought of having a vote of how our student body feels about each candidate? Maybe as the election comes closer and specific events pass, an updated article could be written depicting a change in student’s opinions or how they feel due to a recent event or statement.

    With the current decision regarding our tuition, I would be interested in reading an article with student’s opinions and feelings on the matter. The 12% raise is definitely a significant raise, and as a result I am sure there are many students with strong feelings towards this decision.

  25. Michael Coats permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:37 pm

    The undergraduate student population at FGCU who claim themselves to be a preprofessional student (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, etc.) and what majors they have elected to study is interesting because some preprofessional students, such as myself, elect science majors to study with contrasting minors or second majors to diversify themselves from other competition. Another topic is the reason of not having a 24 hour on-campus study facility. Students who prepare for tests nocturnally could make good use of a designated environment for intense studying sessions. The Student Government Association (SGA) budget and spending projects should be made public directly to fellow Eagles. We see the U.S. government making headlines constantly from the tabs we keep on them, so why should I have to dig to see what the student government spends money on that could possibly effect my academics? Changing majors can harm or strengthen a student’s career path. How can help prepare current undergrads to combat against the issue of not landing a job in the field they spent four years studying for after graduation? What is the purpose for university required courses such as HUM 2510 Human and Visual Performing Arts, IDS 3910 University Colloquium, and IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement? Shouldn’t students have a choice in the courses they take and is this just a scheme by the university to soak up an easy 9 credits worth of tuition from every student?

  26. Kaitlyn Battistoni permalink
    June 27, 2012 4:59 pm

    1. The late night food options that are coming to Northlake village and the rest of campus. know more about “The Matador” in Northlake and any other food options possibly coming to campus.What new and other students think about this.
    2. What new construction plans are slated for the next few years. Building off of buildings on campus, new halls, etc.
    3. What is being done about the fact that the university is running out of room to build stuff because we’re supposed to have a certain amount of natural protected land.
    4.About what new fashionable FGCU merchandise that the bookstore is carrying or will be carrying in the future.
    5.Follow up on stories on successful FGCU graduates and what they’re doing now.

  27. schuyler houfek permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:05 pm

    1)environmental stories on campus- for example the conservation sites, expanding the campus are they going to have to build over those areas?
    2)mens swim team- are they ever going to have one in the future, or why was it taken away?
    3)the history of FGCU’s accomplishments and/or how it got started
    4)recently talking about Alex Pena, i would like to see a story on how many students have success like he did right after graduation
    5)”the green school” i would like to see a artice on how green the school actually is and how much electricity and water we actually save here at FGCU with the solor pannels and conservation tips all over campus

  28. Alex Smythe permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:07 pm

    1. A story where they research how FGCU’s money is being spent and/or show the wasteful spending to help with the possible tuition cut.
    2. A small blurb/area that has an area for classifieds.
    3. A poll and article on how many people read the newspaper, the website, and both.
    4. A listing of people to meet each other and/or potential roommates.
    5. A story of the top 10 most unknown things about the university

  29. Arielle Hyppolite permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:18 pm

    My five story ideas are, 1) Should alligators be allowed on campus? As you may know, recently there was a 6 foot long alligator found on campus. We all know that FGCU encourages wildlife and protecting animals and loving nature, but should we really put the students in danger because we want to preserve wildlife?. 2) Should we include more healthy food choices on campus? Although FGCU does have a lot of healthy options such as yogurt parfaits, fruits and salads, when it comes to a satisfying meal students tend to head straight to chick fil a because it’s more filling. If we offer more satisfying food that are also good for us such as lean meats, fish, and proteins, students will be satisfied with what they have eaten and wont tend to eat fast food. 3) Should we encourage less partying through sororities? Most people think that everyone that is in a sorority parties all the time, well if they were to encourage studying not only will it encourage other students to study but people would change this stereotype that they have of them as well. 4) Should students be allowed to swim at the waterfront? Recently a student died drowning while swimming at the waterfront, it is to question if the water front is safe or not. 5) Should skate boards be allowed on campus? Skateboards are becoming more and more popular on campus and while it’s a smart way to get to class it can also be dangerous for other students walking.

  30. schuyler houfek permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:28 pm

    1)on campus environment- the conservation areas, with the expanding school will they have to build over them?
    2)mens swim team- will there ever be one? and/or why was it taken away if there was one?
    3)FGCUs history-how did the school get its start and its reputation?
    4)recently talking about Alex Pena, i would like to see a story on “student success” are all students that successful right after graduation going into a job?
    5)the “green school” i would like to see how green we actually are here at FGCU. with the solor pannels and all of our conservation ideas. how much electricity do we actually save along with water, etc.

  31. Taylor faris permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:30 pm

    1. Drugs on campus – story on how prominent drug use is on campus and perhaps what people / school can do to prevent it.

    2. Coverage on popular sporting events

    3. Where will everyone live when the school can’t grow anymore. – housing / building updates

    4. Local hot spots where students hang out. Stories on local bars and what students think about them pros vs cons

    5. Popular classes to take – great repeat article if already been done, popular lasses can always change

  32. June 27, 2012 5:36 pm

    5 things I would like to see eagle news start would be a section to post reviews on new video games coming out, a section on good local places to eat on a college budget, a section stating the jobs near campus that are looking for part time workers, a different recipe each week with a healty and affordable meal college students could prepare, and a section where students could post their unwanted goods (like craigslist) but it would be among other students.

  33. Cassie Unterbrink permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:53 pm

    1. Advice Column

    I believe students would enjoy having some way of having their questions answered, and the newspaper would be an effective way of doing so. Not only would this benefit the student asking the question, but also other students who may have a question about a similar issue. Topics for the advice column should probably be school related so FGCU students could more likely relate to the topic.

    2. Surveys

    A college newspaper is a little more laid back and fun than a newspaper such as The New York Times. In this way, I believe students should be able to put some of their imput on school and also worldwide issues. Students usually find an interest on what the majority of their peers thinks.

    3. Local Events

    Having a wide range of upcoming events that are happening in the area would give all types of students something to do with their free time. Personally, I often get bored on the weekends as it seems that there is never anything going on in the Fort Myers area. If the staff for the school newspaper looked into it, students could be given more options of fun ways to spend their time.

    4. Colleges and Universities

    It would be interesting to read about vast changes that are going on at other schools among the state of Florida and maybe even out of state. Since Florida Gulf Coast University is a business and the other schools are our competitors, one would have an interest in learning how our school sizes up compared to others.

    5. Crime

    Being informed of the local area is important especially when it comes to crime and safety. A lot of students are residents at the university and they are not exposed much to the outside world. Getting up to date about local crimes could be beneficial and to students who may not receive this information any other way.

  34. Andrew White permalink
    June 27, 2012 5:57 pm

    1. How does FGCUs level of education compare to other universities in the country/ around the world?
    2. Why have prices in the vending machines gone up?
    3. If FGCU is forced to layoff some of its staff members due to the decrease in tuition from 14% to 12% how will that affect the rest of the school?
    4. What does FGCU spend the students tuition on?
    5. Has the number of students at FGCU increased or decreased over the last 5 years?

  35. Gregory Gold permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:03 pm

    My ideas for the Eagle newspaper.
    1. I think they should write an article explaining how the freshman must use their student identification as keys as well as have another key for their room.
    2. Another article can explain the speed limits on roads frequently traveled by students and were cops tend to have speed traps.
    3.They can write an article on how many organizations and clubs there are located on campus as well as explain how the money is divided up and which clubs it goes to.
    4. Another article can be about local fishing charters and other local outside activities that are fair priced for students.
    5. Explain how the parking and smoking violations work and show how much they can cost.

  36. michael houfek permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:04 pm

    1)The destruction of the environment around FGCU, as FGCU expands. I notice a lot of construction in the area around FGCU, and wonder how much the environment is being impacted.
    2)Do the Smoking Stations areound campus truly eliminate the argument of people not being able to avoid second-hand smoke. I would like to know what other people think that do and do not smoke.
    3)How does FGCU keep their internet up and running all the time? I wonder how FGCU supplies such strong and reliable internet access 24-hours a day without a problem. How much are they spending, and what would happen if they didnt pay it?
    4)FGCU should do a story on how animals that are in need of being captured because of human interaction should not be killed. When instead, they try to relocate the animal so far away it will never see people.
    5)FGCU’s parking problem. Are there enough parking garages/spaces for all of the commuter students at FGCU. What will they do as FGCU grows in size.

  37. Janelle Silva permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:20 pm

    1.) Price comparisons of living on campus vs. living off campus.
    2.) Fun and free things to do in the Fort Myers area.
    3.) Students with dreams of competing in the Olympics.
    4.) Recently released video game reviews.
    5.) FGCU campus wildlife scavenger hunt.

  38. Briana Smith permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:24 pm

    In our Eagle News paper, I think it would be relevant to include more stories about crime on campus, and exactly pin-point where these crimes happened on campus. As Megan said in her lecture, that there is an article about crime but includes no map, I think it would be a good idea to bring the campus map back. I also think that the Eagle News should feature some individual stories about freshman getting situated into the dorms and getting comfortable in the college life, maybe go into the stories of one freshman from summer classes and another from fall classes. Another idea to add to Eagle News is more success stores about graduated students from FGCU. I think it would be an interesting feature to add.I also think that it would be a great addition to the paper if they printed more articles about wildlife spotting such as alligators and other animals living on the campus. For fall print, I think featuring main events about sorority/fraternity life would be an excellent addition, such as covering fund raises and socials, or even interviewing freshman who are becoming part of this new social network seeing their opinions on it.

  39. Derek Maloney permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:27 pm

    Here are five story ideas that I think students at FGCU would be interested in reading.

    1. With the looming financial shortfall at FGCU, why are top school officials still being paid such high salaries? For example, President Bradshaw is making over $500,000 a year!

    2. Drunk drivers on campus. At least three times I have seen students driving on campus who were more than likely driving under the influence. How prevalent is it?

    3. Reasons for continued construction on campus while the school is facing a smaller budget in tough economic times. Shouldn’t available funds be used to maintain current faculty and University programs?

    4. A business section in Eagle News that lists potential and current jobs opportunities around the United States. I think this would help broaden students understanding of the current job market and assist them in securing future employment.

    5. Military Veterans stories and how it has affected their time at FGCU. This could bring some unique, entertaining stories about things that they have experienced throughout the world.

  40. Casey Brogan permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:39 pm

    1. Designated Smoking Areas: Rule Or Suggestion?
    -An article about the lack of enforcement of smoking laws on our campus.

    2. Emergency Towers And There Impact On The Community
    -An article about the people who have been saved by our schools emergency towers. The article would include anonymous interviews with users of the towers.

    3. FGCU’s Other Wildlife
    -An Article on the vast animal wildlife thats right in our backyard.

    4. Graduating Seniors Final Thoughts
    -An article that contains interviews with the graduating class of FGCU. One of the questions could be, “Do you have any advice for the incoming freshman class?” The article could then be used as a resource for incoming students.

    5. Why Are There Cages On My Windows?
    -An article explaining why some windows in the dorms of North Lake Village have cages, and why others don’t.

  41. June 27, 2012 6:51 pm

    Rudolf Brad Deas
    Five stories I’d like to see in the Eagle News.

    1. Tiger Moms – an Asian way of raising a child. Would it benefit us?

    2. The anti-foreign sentiment in China presently. Students should be warned.

    3. A story on the tedium of being a transient student. The paperwork is ridiculous.

    4. The sailing club.

    5. How Tai Chi can help students.

  42. Garrett Fopiano permalink
    June 27, 2012 6:59 pm

    1)Things to do for FGCU summer students: While students attending summer sessions they are constantly trying to find something new or exciting to do in their very large amount of free time. Eagle News should write about fun things to do around Fort Myers or local events going on that FGCU students might be interested in.
    2)Promoting Waterfront: Explain reasons to visit FGCU’s waterfront this summer and promote it throughout the Eagle News.
    3)Update on Construction:With FGCU’s construction noticeably growing Eagle NEws should provide an update on the building of the new dorms etc. as well as provide what else and where FGCU plan to build.
    4)Construction outcome: With all the construction around campus, the negative consequences are never really mentioned and Eagle News should talk about how FGCU is managing to stay “green”even while building.
    5)Club photos: more photos of clubs like fishing or clubs that go out on such adventures should be shared more throughout the paper.

  43. Bob Reinhard permalink
    June 27, 2012 9:11 pm

    1) The speed trap on North Lake Ave W. It is very difficult to maintain 35mph, the posted speed, when everyone is driving 45. Who made this decision? How many students are caught each year. How about posting a sign “Now entering the worst speed trap in Southwest Florida”. The worst in Florida is actually in Stark FL.
    2) A professor was teaching a class on Political Science was explaining Gatekeepers. He said that if a common student wanted to see President Bradshaw, they would need to get past several gatekeepers. I plan to try and write about my attempt.
    3) Last year, Physical Plant tried to capture a cat residing close to AB3. I think it would be a good story to tell the campus how that cat has faired. He is gaining weight and is friendly to some students and faculty.
    4) Ask the wellness center what their most common student ailments and complaints are and how they are treated.
    5) Some cultures have New Years Day traditions. One of them is to eat Ribs. Who has the best ribs within several miles of campus. I have dined at every restaurant at Gulf Coast Town Center. Would you be interested in who has the best ribs, who has the best sauce?

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